Doctoral courses begin at Wayland
July 16, 2015
PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University is moving up the ladder of academia as it has been given approval by its accrediting body to begin offering the Doctor of Management degree program online next summer.
Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Bobby Hall said offering doctoral programs is a positive step for Wayland and shows the university’s commitment to developing programs that can meet the needs of its students.
“Wayland has been a high quality provider of higher education for more than a century, significantly growing its master’s level graduate programs over the past two decades. It is now appropriate for the university to move to the next level of higher learning, the doctoral level. I commend our dean and faculty for creating a degree program that is affordable, accessible, and uniquely designed to meet the needs of today’s students while retaining the essence of a Wayland education. This groundbreaking program will pave the way for future doctoral degrees at Wayland.”
Wayland received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to offer the program that focuses on practical application of management practices. Offered through the School of Business, Dean Barry Evans, Ph.D., said the degree is designed for working professionals.
“It is thought to be a practitioner’s degree as contrasted to a purely academic degree,”
Evans said. The D.Mgt. should educate business professionals with the knowledge to
manage organizations. Graduates will possess a framework for effective management
for organizations of all sizes including business enterprises, nonprofits, government
agencies, the military and higher education. Graduates may also find opportunities
as consultants, or as faculty within higher education.
The program curriculum will focus more on application of management practices. In lieu of a traditional dissertation, students will be required to complete a project. The project will be research based, but will not require an oral defense as is the case for the Ph.D. Students will focus on an area of interest to them and through research develop a new theory to improve management practices. The doctoral project will demonstrate the program outcomes for students that dictate graduates have the knowledge and ability to research management problems, as well as applying what they have learned to develop new theories and tactics for business professionals.
The 60-hour degree will be offered completely online with students enrolling in a cohort. It will consist 10, 11-week terms with students taking two classes each term. Each cohort will follow a specific progression through the program, completing the degree in two-and-a-half years.
Students will begin enrolling prior to the Summer 2016 online term. Classes will be taught by full-time faculty members who continue to research issues in management and are current in the field. Evans said the School of Business is in the process of hiring faculty to meet the needs of the program.
Considered a more practical application degree, the Doctor of Management prepares students to work in various business settings as consultants or leaders with the knowledge to deal with complex issues involving the management of an organization.
Tuition for the program is set at $700 per semester hour, a highly competitive rate among doctoral programs. It is believed that Wayland is one of only 10 schools in the nation to offer the Doctor of Management degree online.